Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Biography

Born: Jan 27, 1756; Austria   Died: Dec 5, 1791; Austria   Period: Classical
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later Read more efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music.
Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing the clavichord, and at four he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age of five at Salzburg University, and in January, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are many astonishing accounts of the young Mozart's precocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.
In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also a musically talented child, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performing before royalty. The Mozart family returned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed his first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboard concertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.
In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, the Mozarts made three tours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773, Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. He wrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and 1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.
In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozart left his Konzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying but unimportant Court post. In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce her to his family. 1782 was also the year that saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.
In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music for certain Masonic lodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared as soloist in the fifteen piano concertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozart met them with a string of masterpieces. Le nozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Cosě fan tutte in 1790 and Die Zauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in his last years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, he displayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever of unknown origin near the end of 1791. Read less
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart: The Magic Flute for Children / Barthel
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109258   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: 3 Salzburg Symphonies / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: BIS-2218   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Rare Choral Works / Patterson, Gloriae dei Cantores
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Paraclete Recordings  
Catalog: 3363   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Vol. 4 / Shirinyan, Yoo, Odense Symphony
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9408 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marianna Shirinyan
    Conductor:  Scott Yoo
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  • 27.
    The Complete London Studio Recordings / Annie Fischer [8-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634123 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Efrem Kurtz,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7808372 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus,  Gaby Casadesus,  Jean Casadesus
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Mozart, Schumann: Piano Concertos; Chopin: Variations On Mozart's Theme
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Margarita Höhenrieder
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, ECO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 8461622 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Idomeneo Overture, Piano Concerto 23, Piano Quintet / Goodman
    Label: Atoll (France)   Catalog: 883 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michael Houstoun,  Gordon Hunt,  Nicola Baker,  Gordon Richards  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 / Serkin, Abbado
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001909802 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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  • 33.
    Piano Concertos & Sonatas / Backhaus, Bolet, Koroliov, Buchbinder
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13033 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Yevgeny Koroliov,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 22363 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 35.
    Leon Fleisher - The Complete Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 545997 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  César Franck,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Jules Eskin,  Benita Valente,  Harold Wright  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Seiji Ozawa,  Leon Fleisher,  Szymon Goldberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Wilhelm Kempff - The Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001822502 Release Date: 04/16/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Bernhard Klee,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos / Uchida, Kocsis, Lupu, Previn, Ashkenazy, Zacharias
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2001038 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Homero Francesch,  Heidrun Holtmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gerd Albrecht,  Marc Andreae  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 19 & 23 / Brautigam, Willens, Die Kolner Akademie
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1964 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ronald Brautigam
    Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 23 & 25 / Buchbinder, Harnoncourt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 540904 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
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  • 40.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Geza Anda Plays Mozart & Ravel
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94216 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1914112 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    The Very Best Of Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21720 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Norman Jones,  Anne Pashley,  Don Garrard  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Pierre Boulez
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  • 45.
    Avie Records - 10th Anniversary
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2265 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Gonzalo Ruiz,  Luiza Borac,  Charles Owen  ... 
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett,  Harry Bicket,  Imogen Cooper,  Vasily Petrenko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 46.
    Ferdinand Leitner Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12019 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Deon Van der Walt,  Barbara Kilduff,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 20
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Jean Entremont
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  • 48.
    Mozart's Last 8 Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066098 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Popular Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6787122 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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